From: Georgetown, Texas, USA
Thanks for the quick reply. Just so I understand, will all CVTFs react to enemy carriers or do they follow the lead one which does - equates to the same thing I believe.
Reaction of a followed TF will NOT affect the following orders of the TF(s) that are following it. If you have a carrier TF following a carrier TF and the first reacts, the second will tag along.
Players need to be careful with use of reaction combined with follow. If your lead TF is a combat TF and it is followed by a "soft" TF (transports, for instance) you need to be sure NOT to use react for the lead TF. Basically, consider the mission of the TF(s) involved. A TF whose job is to escort/protect a soft convoy should NOT have react set or it will abandon it's primary mission in order to chase down some enemy force. If you have enough ships, you might use multiple combat TFs for close cover (no react) and distant cover (react).
Reaction does include follow "the other way". That is, if a combat TF has reaction set and is following another TF, it will react to protect the TF that it is following. Example, a surface combat TF following a transport TF will react to enemy surface combat TFs that are near the transports as well as enemy TFs that are near itself. A similar TF that is not following will only react to enemy near itself.
TF commanders pacing the bridge could make much more precise decisions, based on size, type, and mission of TF. In this (and other areas) I suspect some common conditions will pop up frequently after release and some adjustment will be required.